Nov. 8, 2013, 3:28 p.m.
Preliminary results from the first round of Madagascar’s presidential election held on October 25, 2013 have been released. The election was the first since 2006, when Marc RAVALOMANANA was elected to a second term. RAVALOMANANA was overthrown in a coup by Andry RAJOELINA in 2009, and elections have not been held since. RAJOELINA and RAVALOMANANA’s wife were both declared ineligible to run in the 2013 election. Jean-Louis ROBINSON, an ally of the RAVALOMANANAs won the most votes in the first round; however, he did not secure enough votes to avoid a run-off election, currently scheduled for December 20, 2013 alongside parliamentary elections. In the first round of voting, ROBINSON received 955,534 votes (21.10 percent). ROBINSON will face off against former Finance Minister Hery RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA, who won 721,206 votes (15.93 percent) in the first round of voting. Turnout for the first round of elections was 61.85 percent (4,831,666 voters).
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